Access Housing donates swags ahead of National Homelessness Week 2018

2 Aug 2018

Access Housing has proudly donated swags to five frontline support organisations assisting homeless people in Perth, Peel and the South West ahead of National Homelessness Week 2018.

National Homelessness Week, which is being held between 6-12 August, is an annual themed week that promotes a greater understanding and awareness of homelessness in the community. This year’s theme in WA is ‘There’s always something you can do’.

John van der Giezen from the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service and Acting Access Housing CEO Lyn Brun with one of the donated swags

Access Housing has donated 44 swags in total, supporting St Patrick’s Community Support Centre in Fremantle, the Specialist Aboriginal Mental Health Service, the Bunbury In-Town Lunch Centre, WestAus Crisis and Welfare Services in Mandurah and Ruah Community Services. These organisations will allocate the swags to people sleeping rough in their local communities.

The swags are lightweight, water and windproof, fire retardant, mildew resistant and roll up into a backpack that also has space for personal belongings.

Acting Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Lyn Brun said the company was proud of its continued support of frontline organisations assisting the homeless.

“Access Housing is committed to working with homelessness support agencies to help transition people from homelessness into secure, affordable homes. This is one of Access Housing’s fundamental business activities, as sustainable housing provides people with the platform they need to stabilise and look forward to other positive life changes,” Ms Brun said.

Debbie Trimmer from WestAus Crisis & Welfare Services (left) and Access Housing’s Am Rajawat

To help combat homelessness in WA, Access Housing has been a proud partner in Ruah’s 50 Lives 50 Homes program since its launch in 2015. The program sees Access Housing work collaboratively with more than 20 other partner organisations to permanently house and adequately support homeless people who are identified as being the most vulnerable based on their physical and/or mental health needs and the length of time they have been homeless.

The 50 Lives 50 Homes program is delivered using a ‘Housing First’ approach. This approach is grounded in the idea that a homeless person’s first and primary need is to obtain stable housing and any other issues they may face can and should be addressed once they have secure housing.

Ms Brun said Access Housing had provided 14 50 Lives 50 Homes program participants with a home so far.

“Access Housing is proud of its collaborative role in the ongoing success of Ruah’s 50 Lives 50 Homes program and our provision of affordable homes to people who have transitioned from sleeping rough into secure accommodation,” Ms Brun said.